The months that we’ve worked together with [Boston Valley Terra Cotta] have been just amazing in terms of just the depth of knowledge and experience with the material. It was a great collaboration… being here and seeing the material in hand and see how it’s reacting to all the things that we’ve been doing with it has opened our eyes to the kind of natural and unexpected qualities of terra cotta, and it’s gotten us really excited about the next steps of how we might develop the project.
Principal – NADAAA
ACAW really is a moment where we said, “Could there be a residency for professional practices?” We then started to construct ACAW around that [question], and the solution has been pretty great. We ask for a commitment from a practicing architect for some of their people to commit to a 6-month design period. Then they come here and it’s only a week they have to put out in terms of all being together, and then we assemble all of their designs within about 3 days. And that’s what ACAW’s little formula is, and it works magically.
Professor and Head, School of Architecture – Carnegie Mellon University
In an action-packed week, the ACAW provides invaluable hands-on experience working with clay, terra cotta, glazes, ceramic arts, and architecture’s best contemporary practitioners. Regardless of your level of experience upon arrival, at the end of the week you will be further inspired and more deeply acknowledgeable of ceramics and their architectural possibilities.